Monday, August 18, 2014

Granny And Wolfie

Completed right now.
It is supposed to show Grannie and Wolf going together to pay a visit to Red Riding Hood through the woods... because in the end there was a huge mistake in the children fable: Wolf was a friend to Granny and Red... And it's almost obvious too: why would a normal wolf choose to eat humans when he can eat warm cakes and flavored biscuits?!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What To Do When You Can't Sleep (n)

Few days ago I found this picture maybe in repubblica.it and thought it would perfectly fit for a minimalist portrait. So this sleepless night I tried a graphite drawing. The photograph is bad and a little tilted up so perspective had it distorted, but morning light is long to come and bulb lights in this room are not so good to make pictures and right now this is the best I can do.
Not very long ago I read an article on a web site about an artist who makes awesome portraits with just few pencil marks so I wanted to try. I believe the outcome is not so bad and the technique is very interesting for it makes the subjects portraited so much bright.
As usual, as soon as I complete a long and demanding artwork, I need one or two quick drawings to rest.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Take Me With You


Completed just now. In the end I imagined a dragon flying toward the horizon and the princess looking at it and praying for it to return and take her away.
Everything has been painted by colored pencils except the sky and the dragon which have been done in watercolor pencils. I used a 0.2 thin ink pen to enhance almost everywhere. I never used an ink pen over a colored pencils drawing before, except maybe a drawing I remember of about 30 years ago which I still like very much. If it was a watercolor painting it would have been a line and wash painting so maybe I can call this technique line and pencils painting.
It looks a lot like an illustration in some book of mine and I dare say I like it very much.
It was a long time indeed since I didn't feel the need to complete and post some artwork I have been working on, with an outcome not so good because of the needless haste. This time I took it easy and I feel much more pleased of the completed drawing.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Full Happiness

A new member has recently joined the family. His smile so full of happiness and shine of his own the brightest. I have always thought full, complete happiness was unreachable for it should always be tainted by worries or troubles but looking at my nephew maybe I was wrong.

I wish I had just half of his.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Work in Progress

Today I share two pictures from my new drawing still in progress. The castle is Carcassonne's and the princess is a personal reworked version of a picture I found in my google+ page few days ago. I'm still not sure of the subject the princess is looking at but I currently don't care for the drawing will surely suggest me what I have to put there.
Very much important things I need to remember: the drapery on the princess' skirt looks much better with the light blue mark on the edge suggesting a little spread light, a thin ink pen to make edges or corners or small details gives stronger emphasis to whatever object drawn of.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cheetah On A Branch

So this ends my cheetah on the old wrecked gnarled tree. I spent a good time in the making and quite happy of the outcome. Never thought it was that funny and interesting an ink pen drawing. The tree making wasn't tough as I thought it was and I believe I found good ways to depict different patterns in the bark, in the bare wood and dark spots and so on.
This drawing has been paint using 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 ink pens.
Sure cheetah are awesome animals! So sad they are on the verge of extinction.
I look forward to see one of them in a safari trip of mine: seeing one in the wilderness must be absolutely wonderful.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cheetah Update Updated

A picture of the progress in my cheetah artwork. I must admit I was scared for a long time of this drawing, since when I saved the photograph, because I didn't know how to paint the gnarled wrecked tree. As usual I was wrong, I just needed to start and the tree would have grown by itself. I just needed to decide what kind of technique was better suited for this drawing.
Now I have to complete another branch of the tree and if it goes well I'll hang on a wall in my drawing room.
I'm drawing with the right mind attitude and having a lot of fun.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheetah Updated

I have completed just now my ink pen cheetah, mostly using 0.2 ink pen and a little 0.5 for those tears-like spots around the eyes. In stead of completely darken all those black spots I found more useful draw them like the hair in the fur with the direction they are supposed to follow hair by hair. This way the body has more shape and deepness because the eye of the observer is somewhat oriented to follow that direction I made.
Now I have to start the gnarled tree.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ten Minutes Free

Lately I'm using to bring my moleskine into my bag wherever I go. This afternoon I had ten minutes free time while waiting for someone to come and started sketching something. As usual I start with the right eye and ten minutes later I found an ancient greek warrior absolutely not planned. Like I always say the drawing has grown by itself.